16.0 Influence and inspiration, in no particular order

9/21/09

It is customary for our people to say thank you and acknowledge influences and those who created a path for all of us to follow.

Thank you to many influences and inspirations – some good, some bad.

Likoodzi Bullchild Ross; Sutah Gyiyo Purcell; Geraldine Bullchild Purcell; Miranda Belarde Lewis; Wendy Boure; Neoma Boure; Bobby Bullchild; William Ross; Maria Ross; John Ross; Percy Bullchild; Rose Bullchild; George Bullchild*; Winslow Bullchild; Frances Bullchild; Charles Bullchild; Eddie Haggins; Gene Guardipee; Fred Guardipee; Lyman Bullchild; Merlin Bullchild; Jean Bullchild; Leeta Bullchild; Manuel Purcell; Jim Boure Jr.; Alden Boure; Ramono Guardipee; Antonio “Sonic” Boure; Crystal Boure; Mike Boure; Victor Boure; Malora Boure; Amanda Boure; Clarissa Boure; Brandy Boure; Veronica Guardipee; God/Abstidoki/the Creator/Jesus *; Peter Joe; Gerry Joe; Love; Amanda Old Crow; Theda New Breast; Tyrone Eagle Speaker; Kenny Eagle Speaker; Leona Eagle Speaker; Farley Eagle Speaker; Lulu Eagle Speaker; Davis Washines; Stella Washines; Elese Washines; Emily Washines; Charles Deam, Jr.; Chuck Deam, Sr.; James Old Coyote; Steve Old Coyote; Rita Old Coyote; K.T. Deam; George “Fat Nuts” Jones; Bennie Armstong; Faith Armstrong; Niccola Armstrong; Angela Flemming; Rachel Walker; Vanetta Amory; Winona Hoyt; Larry McKinney; Regina McKinney; Blaine McKinney; Natosha McKinney; Wayne George; Emerson George; Greg George; Dave Bean; Amber Santiago; Leesa Bean; Debbie Saluskin; Sylvia Miller; Nancy Shippentower Games; Anna Bean; Dennis LaPointe; Lamby LaPointe; Jamie LaPointe; Everett Soop*; James Curtis; Alfred Nelson; Tiko Powell; Harold Powell; Rion Ramirez; Walter Lamar; Keith Harper; Lael Echo-Hawk; Debora Juarez; Creatine; Royce Gracie*; Basketball; Medicine Creek; Willie Frank; Billy Frank; Adacus Gottfriedson; Hank Gottfriedson; Allison Gottfriedson; Spap Gottfriedson; Mowit Mills; Brian Condon; Joe Finley; Michael Finley (the Colville one); Andrew Calfrobe; J.R. Camel; Brooklyn Baptiste; Paulette Jordan; Michael Jordan (Colville one); Michael Jordan (black one)*; Jason Smith; Jill Lombardi; Gerald Stiffarm; George Lee; Lance Four Star; Desi Rodriguez; Jeff Choke; Joaquin Rodriguez; Jesse Martinez; Aggie Pratt; Daniel Pratt; Jazmyn Scott; Anna Sorrell; J.D. Nickels; Julianna Tanner; Carole Lankford; The color orange; James Steele; Ruth Swaney; Betty Cooper; Darrell Kipp; Joe Kipp; Mrs. Kipp (second grade); Mrs. Kennerly (third grade); Alan Spoonhunter; Tarissa Spoonhunter; Alden Spoonhunter; Maiya Spoonhunter; Joyce Spoonhunter; Marlin Spoonhunter; Jay-Z*; Eddie Van Halen*; Don Johnson (Crockett)*; Tubbs*; Cat Stevens*; Bob Dylan*; Ruthie Coffman; Jessica Gonzales Norte; Jessica Rabbit*; Vince Gonzales; Vince Gonzeles, Sr.; Doug Crowghost; Charles Elliot; James “JP” Croft; Rashan Hilson; Abiodun Oyewole; Obadele Davis; Mike Roberts; Lamman Rucker; Jim Harney; Mrs. Harney; Tom Keefe; Tasha Hubbard; Ernie Stevens, Jr.; Tex Hall; Hulk Hogan; “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (whoo!)*; “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes*; Cynthia Jourdain; Brooke Pinkham; Krista Goudy; Shawn Scabby Robe (best breakdancer and chicken dancer); Uncle Kenny Scabby Robe; Auntie Louise Scabby Robe; Randy Wood; Wanbli Williams; Frybread; Shonto Pete; Ken Deputee, Jr.; Wizipan Garriott; Nicole Willis Garriott; Sky Black Elk; Mike Catches Enemy; Dora Old Elk; Anna Old Elk; Roger White Owl; Roger Sinclair; Pat Armstrong; Everett Armstrong; Leon Rattler; Earl Old Person; Willie Sharp; Arlen Sharp; Wilma Faye Many White Horses; Wanda Peterson; Ember Peterson; Kyra Peterson; Delaney Many White Horses; Melvin Bear Medicine; Tory Many White Horses; Robbie Bear Medicine; Leland Bear Medicine; Lee Bear Medicine; Shelly Bear Medicine; Robert Reevis; Cathy Reevis; Damon Bear Medicine; Joshua Bear Medicine; Uncle Joe Bear Medicine; Auntie Marie Bear Medicine; Tina Bear Medicine; Del Bear Medicine; Larry Bear Medicine; Courtney Bear Medicine; Megan Bear Medicine; Kayo Bear Medicine; Raelynn Bear Medicine; Renee Bear Medicine; Deeda; Thomas Mad Plume; Mona Bear Medicine; Armand Bear Medicine; KJ Bear Medicine; Neola; Thelma Bear Medicine; The whole Bear Medicine clan; The whole Wu-Tang Clan*; RZA*; GZA*; Inspector Deck*; Raekwon the Chef*; Ghostface Killer; METHOD Man*; Jason Goodstriker; Wilson Pipestem; Brenda Toineeta Pipestem; All big brothers; Radmilla Cody; Janet Robideaux; Arlyn John; Jennie John; Keanu John; Laura John; Becca Rae; Minty Jeffrey; Ryan Wilson; Bernie White Bear; Mike Burgess; Mike Primus; Ringo McGimpsey; Joe McGimpsey; Jamie McGimpsey; Poverty; Wallace Coffey; Danelle Reed; Peggy Deam; Russell Steele; Obama*; The Fresh Prince*; Jazzy Jeff*; Moni Law; Toby Christian; Danisha Jefferson; Music; Wayne Bill; Mark McCloud; Randi Rourke; Tim Giago; James Baldwin*; Bill Watterson (best writer ever)*; Calvin*; Hobbes*; Susie Derkins*; James Thurber*; Bill Withers*; Jodi Rave; Mark Trahant; Nora Trahant; Edgar Allen Poe*; Christine Quintasket*; James Welch*; Wp Kinsella*; BJ da DJ; Carly Simon*; James Taylor*; Jim Thorpe*; Robert Plant*; Jimmy Page*; John Bonham*; John Lennon*; Sam Deloria; Vine Deloria, Jr; Cristina Veran; Sherman Alexie*; Heidi Nesbitt; Vanessa Ray Hodge; Ali El Issa; Mahki El Issa; Ingrid Washinawatok El Issa*; James Washinawatok; Phyllis Smoke; Kodiak Cleveland; Red Bird Boys; Charyl Norwood; Derek Zoolander*; Ron Burgundy*; Veronica Corningstone*; Guilt; Billy Jack*; John Wooden*; Mike DesRosier; Sarah DesRosier; Warren DesRosier; Steve Emery; Prince*; Michael Jackson*; Daniel LaRusso; Arvol Looking Horse*; Bill Bradley; Larry Bird; Alex Gladstone; Oren Lyons*; Iris Heavy Runner; Suzan Shown Harjo*; Natalie Flores; Lena Belcourt; All mommy figures; Zach Morris* ;Jonathon Windy Boy; Vernon Bournique; Jessica Roberts; Robin Kapayou; Genevieve King; MLK; Azadeh Tavakoli; All little sisters; Patrick Depoe; All little brothers; Julian Many Hides; Sam Buffalo; Frank Buffalo; Ben Buffalo; Willie Buffalo; Manny King; Kelly Baze; David Bernie; Sheley Secrest; Craig Bill; Bruce Lee*; Bruce Leroy; Cedric Black Eagle; Darrin Old Coyote; Lonny Bramzon; Johnnie Moore; Christopher Roy Poindexter; Kevin Nesbitt; Ramzi Kassem; Sha Ojewole; Carmen Davis; Litefoot; Carol Juneau; Prayer; Chester Earl; Cliff Mattias; Martha Redbone; Janeen Comenote; JR Cook; Daryl Daugs; Cory Silver; Rayford; Andrew George; Tyler George; Randy George; All father figures; Marilyn Wandrey; Delrica Andrews; Desert Horse Grant; El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz*; Tara Gatewood; Jodi Gillete; Pamela Greezy; Nelson Hernandez; Angel Wehunt; Sheila Wehunt; Gina Scarpa; Belief; Valerie Blanks; Anna Martinez; Will Mack; Dog*; Beth*; Seattle Iese; Adrian Scott; Chris Love; Melonie Matthews; Alyssa Macy; Mike Lafromboise; Robert Powers; Jill Nanpuya; Alan Parker; Mandela Hill; Steve Hill; Hank Hill*; Bobby Hill*; Boomhauer*; John Redcorn*; Rosemary Morillo; Faith Price; Sara Marie Ortiz; Tasunke Witko*; Pope’*; Quanah Parker*; Somer Low; Judge Randy Steckel; AT Stafne; Julia Doney; Bum Stiffarm; Chinara Tate; Hope; DJ Vanas; Jacob Vasquez; Teej McReynolds; Andrew Zimmern*; Bearhead Swaney; Eleanor Yellowrobe; Edwin Calf Robe; Gary Cross Guns; Curly Bear Reevis; Mary Scriver*; John Murray; Bup Murray; Buster Yellow Kidney; Clifford Kicking Woman; George and Molly Kicking Woman*; Richard Little Dog*; Clyde Heavyrunner, Jr.*; Tom Manyguns*; and finally, Louis and Mary Jane Fish*.

There are tons more obviously. Aho.

* Never personally met.

Would you mind taking a second to share a few of your influences?

Gyasi “Fancy Skin” Ross is a member of the Amskapipikuni (Blackfeet Nation) and his family also comes from the Suquamish Tribe. His Pikuni (Blackfoot) name is “Oonikoomsika.” He is co-founder of Native Speaks LLC, a progressive company owned by young Native professionals which provides consultation and instruction for professionals and companies. Gyasi is currently booking dates for his newest presentation, “Mother Lovers: Poetic (and Musical) Justice.” E-mail him at gyasi.ross@gmail.com.

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